The new three-times-weekly service commences from September 2013, and the airline will be the first carrier to offer a service between London Heathrow and Chengdu. Currently the airline’s services to china include flights to Beijing and Shanghai on the Chinese mainland, and to the island of Hong Kong.
Willie Walsh, the chief executive officer of IAG, the airline’s parent company, said, ‘I have visited China on many occasions and last year went to Chengdu to see for myself the progress that has been made at the airport. It is truly impressive and shows vision and ambition.
I am delighted to announce this new route which demonstrates the importance of mainland China to British Airways and our commitment to grow our presence here.
Economic growth in China is continuing to outstrip that of most other countries, and Chengdu is not only the capital of Sichuan Province in the South West of China but one of the country’s largest cities.
Since 1990, Chengdu’s economy has expanded rapidly, consistently delivering double-digit rates of growth. We are confident that the new route between Chengdu and London will prove popular with customers travelling between the two major economic hubs.
China is also a fascinating venue for leisure travellers, and the region is famed for its giant pandas, rich culture and excellent cuisine.’
To celebrate the new service, the airline is offering airfares to Chengdu for GBP508.00 on all bookings made by January 6, 2013. The service includes a four-cabin Boeing 777 aircraft with First, Club World (business class), World Traveller Plus (premium economy) and World Traveller (economy) seating.
The flight number for the inbound service is BA88, and BA89 is the number for the London outbound flight.